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19 Aug 2021

To celebrate Local Bike Shop Day, taking place on Saturday 28th August, Freewheel are offering customers 15% off from now until 30th August.

19 Aug 2021

Send in your shop photos featuring the Local Bike Shop Day window sticker, posters and flyers to be posted on the social media channels.

19 Aug 2021

The web and mobile platform, Hubtiger, has created a brand new demo video to demonstrate how cycle shops can manage all workshop operations in just one app

18 Aug 2021

Local bike shops are celebrating the day across the nation by offering their customers special offers and discounts to drive footfall into store on Saturday 28th August

18 Aug 2021

BEIS have reached out to IRC orgs, including the ACT, to seek help getting the message across to SMEs to register interest in the scheme.

13 Aug 2021

Cycle September is a great way to engage your community, particularly local businesses, in a fun and engaging campaign that will help them achieve their health, wellness and sustainability...

12 Aug 2021

Part 3 of the ACT Summer Series highlights the many benefits of offeringretail finance to your customers and our two brand new services being offered to enhance retail finance - Appointed...

12 Aug 2021

Maybe* have collated the latest social media happenings so you can stay in the loop so read on for the latest social media news

12 Aug 2021

To make preparations as easy as possible for IBDs during this busy time the ACT have created a digital Retailer Promotional Pack that is free to download

9 Aug 2021

The DfT have asked for the ACT's assistance in gathering data from Cornish retailers to measure how effective Government investment in e-bikes in Cornwall would be.

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ACT and ActSmart to meet with business minister Paul Scully to discuss high street initiatives

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

OParliamentn Wednesday 19th May the ACT and ActSmart, along with other key members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), will be partaking in a meeting with government officials in regard to the wellbeing of the high street.

The IRC is a well-established organisation, bringing together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. The IRC represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, creating a growing retail network, committed to the development and sharing of best practice among associations and their members engaged in the independent retail sector. 

The meeting is the third one of its kind, following a conference with Small Business and Enterprise Minister Paul Scully at the end of last year and another one in February. Previous meetings evaluated any lessons that we have so far learned from national lockdowns and ways in which we can move forward from this using government support. Read more about that here.

The lockdown has heavily affected high street retailers, impacting both essential and non-essential retailers in different ways. The ACT has been collating feedback from IBDs in regard to ongoing issues that are being experienced and any queries that we have been unable to find solutions for. This information has then been combined with other IRC member feedback with following topics being agreed upon:

  • Feedback on the re-opening of the high street
  • Landlord Tenants
  • Brexit - Export/ VAT/ Ecommerce and barriers to SMEs
  • Permitted Development Rights

The IRC will be meeting with the minister once again early in the summer. If you would like to provide any feedback or suggestions that could potentially be discussed in the meeting please email

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